Media Release August 18, 2017: “Trade Minister Ciobo should not be leading the charge to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership, when there is strong community opposition and the Australian Parliament has not endorsed it,” AFTINET Convenor Dr Patricia Ranald aaid today.
Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement
Senior trade negotiators from 11 TPP countries, including Australia, met again in Japan on July 11-14 to discuss the options for a version of the TPP without the US. This followed a trade ministers meeting held in May which decided to explore options for a version of the TPP without the US.
July 17, 2017: Leaked Philip Morris documents for the years 2009-2016 reveal its massive effort to neutralise the United Nations Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, as well as Australia’s plain packaging law.
June 23, 2017: The New York Times has published a leaked draft of a new Trump Executive Order which demonstrates that Big Pharma has captured the White House.
The document directs the United States Trade Representative to conduct a study of price differences between the United States and other countries, and to review trade agreements that may need to be revised “to promote greater intellectual property protection and competition in the global market.”
May 23, 2017: Eleven TPP countries met in Vietnam last weekend without the US to discuss the future of the failed deal, which Japan, Australia and New Zealand are pushing to resuscitate.
While there’s been a lot of hype in the headlines about a TPP revival, the actual statement agreed by TPP countries only commits them to completing a process to "assess options" for the future of the agreement before Ministers meet again on November 10-11 in Da Nang, Vietnam.
MEDIA RELEASE, 22 May 2017: The revival of the TPP without the US proposed by trade ministers meeting in Hanoi would not be in Australia’s national interest, AFTINET Convener Patricia Ranald said today. Read the media release.
Media release May 19, 2017: Prominent public health organisations, including the World Public Health Association and the Australian Public Health Association have called on trade ministers from eleven remaining Trans-Pacific Partnership countries not to attempt to resurrect the deal at their meeting in Hanoi tomorrow. Read full release here.
Media Release, 11 May 2017: The Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network has welcomed Bill Shorten’s confirmation last night in his budget reply speech that Labor won’t back Coalition Government efforts to revive the TPP without the United States. Read the media release here.
9 May 2017: Officials from all TPP countries minus the US met in Canada last week to discuss a possible TPP minus one or TPP-11. The meeting was held in secret and according to media reports the Canadian media weren’t even able to find out where exactly the venue was, let alone what was discussed.